14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights

Including return international flights, airport transfers within Japan, accommodation, delicious breakfast daily, 2 dinners, professional English-speaking tour guides, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
  • 14 day Timeless Japan tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Whether it’s the extraordinary contrast of traditional heritage and contemporary touches, the meticulous and thoughtful people or the exquisite culinary delights, you’ll find little not to fall in love with in Japan.

Spend 14 incredible days touring the land of the rising sun and experience the best that Japan has to offer. Travel from buzzing Tokyo to Osaka and on your way see brilliant landmarks including Hakone, Matsumoto Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Osaka Castle. Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park. Enjoy a spectacular view of Mt Fuji and be mesmerised by the different seasons of Japan.

Your tour includes return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, professional tour guide, in-depth sightseeing & more! 

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Osaka

Take an international flight from Australia to Osaka via a connecting city.

Please note: some flights may depart one day later.

Day 2: Osaka

On arrival in Osaka, your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your hotel.

Day 3: Osaka – Nara – Osaka – Amagasaki (B, D)

This morning we travel to Kasuga-Taisha Shrine – A UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Nara’s most celebrated shrine. The interior is famous for its many bronze and stone lanterns that lead up to the shrine. Next, we visit Todaiji Temple (Great Eastern Temple), with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building. This impressive building houses a huge 15m tall bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. We then wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 tame sika deer roam freely. Later we head to Namba and Dotonbori area in the city’s South encompasses premier shopping districts, restaurants and bars. We then move on to something more modern – the Umeda Sky Building Floating Observatory, which provides an unparalleled elevated views of Osaka. The viewing platform is suspended between two 40-story towers, at 173 metres above the city streets. Tonight you will enjoy a dinner buffet at the hotel with your fellow travellers.

Day 4: Amagasaki – Himeji – Kurashiki – Hiroshima (B)

Today we travel to Himeji Castle, which is the largest surviving example of a traditional Japanese castle. Comprising 83 buildings, the white roof of this UNESCO-registered complex is said to evoke the wings of a heron taking flight – hence the popular name ‘Shirasagi-jō’ – White Heron Castle. In 1945 an American firebomb was dropped into the top floor of the keep, but didn’t ignite, and the castle was renovated in 1956. Himeji Castle is the most visited in Japan, and the site offers some wonderful views of surrounding Himeji city. Later we travel to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter located in Okayama prefecture, known for its traditional historic buildings situated along a picturesque canal.

Day 5: Hiroshima – Miyajima – Hiroshima – Amagasaki (B)

Today we travel by ferry to Miyajima – a small island in Hiroshima Bay known for its forests and ancient temples. Here we will visit Itsukushima Shrine a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its floating torii gate. We head back to Hiroshima to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb explosion in World War II.

Note: The floating torii gate is currently under renovation, a date for the completion of the renovation works has not yet been advised. You will still be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine.

Day 6: Amagasaki – Kyoto – Amagasaki (B)

This morning, we visit Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion. This is a Zen temple and World Heritage Site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, set within a beautiful classical Zen garden. The detailed architecture incorporates three distinct architectural styles – Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Next, we get a taste of Kyoto by visiting Nishiki Market located in downtown Kyoto. Try local specialties while walking down a five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Then we head to Gion also known as Geisha district. Delve into Kyoto’s rich history while admiring the beautifully preserved architecture and traditional customs. Lastly, we visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine – famous for the magical, seemingly unending path of over 5000 vibrant orange torii gates that wind through the hills making it one of the most popular shrines in Japan.

Day 7: Amagasaki  – Kanazawa (B)

Our first stop today is Omicho Market located in Kanazawa. Known as Kanazawa’s Kitchen, it is a colourful and bustling fresh food market with over 200 shops and stalls. Next we visit Nomura Clan Samurai House, the historic residence of the Nomura Samurai clan. The house and grounds provide an insight into the lifestyle of the Samurai class during the 16th-19th centuries, and feature beautiful architecture, gardens, and décor such as painted screen doors. We also visit Kenrokuen Garden – one of Japan’s top three landscape gardens. Developed over 200 years ago, starting in 1620, the garden contains almost 9000 trees and 200 plant species.

Day 8: Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama – Matsumoto (B)

Today we travel to Shirakawago Village, a World Heritage Site where 114 Gassho-style houses with steeply-pitched roofs in the shape of a triangle. Built many hundreds of years ago, these historic houses stand together in a beautiful natural setting. Enjoy some free time to explore the sights at Shirakawago observation deck (approx. 10 min by foot), where you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic views of Shirakawago. Next, we head to Kami-Sannomachi Street also called Takayama Old Town, a wonderfully well-preserved slice of old Japan, with houses and shops dating back to the Edo period (1600-1868). It is well known for its charming architecture, unique cafes and old saké breweries famous for some of the best tasting saké in Japan.

Day 9: Matsumoto – Mount Fuji – Tokyo (B)

This morning we will visit Matsumoto Castle, also known as ‘Crow Castle’ due to its dramatic black exterior. The keep, or “tenshu”, completed around 1593, is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. Then we head to Arakurayama Sengen Park where the instagram-famous Chureito Pagoda is located. Witness the breathtaking view of Chureito Pagoda* back dropped by the iconic snow-capped Mount Fuji*. Later we visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the springs of Mount Fuji, it’s a small village with a scenic view of Mount Fuji*. The eight crystal clear ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in the finest clear spring water that is revered by locals. Here you will also find many restaurants, souvenir shops and food vendors around the ponds.

Note*: The visibility of Mount Fuji is subject to weather. In mid-March the parking lot at Chureito Pagoda will be closed off and you will need to walk up the stairs (approx. 398 steps) to see Chureito Pagoda. Alternatively you may explore Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine if you do not wish to walk up the steps.

Day 10: Tokyo – Kamakura – Yokohama – Tokyo (B)

Today we visit the incredible Daibutsu (Great Buddha) at Kotoku-in Temple located in Kamakura. Constructed in 1252 and once covered in gold, the bronze Great Buddha is an impressive sight. This is followed by Komachi-Dori Shopping Street, a fashionable street located in the middle of the ancient city of Kamakura. Next we head to Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, a historical building erected a century ago as customs buildings for Yokohama Port. The two warehouses survived the 1923 Kanto earthquake, and remained unscathed from World War II thanks to its iron reinforcements. Building No.2 is now home to a number of shops, bars and restaurants, while building No. 1 is used for a wide range of events, exhibitions, fashion shows and concerts.

Day 11: Tokyo (B)

Enjoy a free day of leisure in Tokyo. You may join our guided World Heritage Nikko Day Tour (additional cost applies) or visit Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea (additional cost applies).

Optional Tour: World Heritage Guided Nikko Day Tour ($290pp incl. lunch) 
Enhance your experience in this World Heritage Nikko Day Tour by coach. Nikko is a major centre for Buddhism and the Shinto religion. It is located in a valley and surrounded by beautiful deciduous forests and majestic waterfalls. Feast your eyes upon breathtaking countryside, sacred shrines, and stunning temples as you explore Nikko. Visit Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dedicated to Shinto worship, well known for its distinctive architecture made up of a large number of wood carvings and gold leaf decorations on the buildings. Absorb the natural splendor of Lake Chuzenji created by an eruption of Mt. Nantai, a symbol of Nikko. We also visit Kegon Falls known as one of Japan’s 3 great waterfalls, Kegon Falls towers an impressive 97 meters and gushes water from Lake Chuzenji. Please note – day tour is subject to minimum 10 passengers. 

Day 12: Tokyo (B,D)

This morning we visit Tokyo Sky Tree, the landmark of Tokyo. Opening in May 2012, the Skytree is a television and radio broadcast site, and contains a restaurant and two viewing platforms. At 634 metres, this is the 2nd-tallest structure in the world! Next we visit Senso-ji Temple located in Asakusa. This is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Later we take a stroll to Nakamise Shopping Street, a centuries-old promenade of shops selling traditional snacks and souvenirs like kimonos and bottles of saké. We then visit Imperial Palace Plaza, the residence for the Japanese Imperial Family. The inner grounds of the palace are not open to the public but you can enjoy the natural scenery surrounding the palace grounds, including the Lotus Moat and Nijubashi (double Bridge). The next stop is Odaiba, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Built as an island fortress in the 19th century, Odaiba will be a venue location for the 2020 Olympic Games, and is already a popular leisure and sightseeing area. Tonight you will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travellers.

Day 13: Tokyo –airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

After breakfast transfer to Tokyo airport by airport bus transfer service for your flight home via a connecting city. 

Day 14: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with a full service airline
  • Transfers within Japan, airport transfers by limousine bus
  • 11 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation 
  • 11 delicious breakfasts, plus 2 dinners
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • English-speaking local experts for key sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Upgrade to premium airline option is available 
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail

 

Highlights:

  • View Osaka from 40 stories (173m) at the Umeda Sky Building Floating Observatory
  • Witness breathtaking view of Chureito Pagoda back dropped by the iconic Mt. Fuji
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure known as ‘Crow Castle’ due to its dramatic black exterior
  • Wander through Nara Deer Park where over 1,200 tame sika deer roam freely
  • See the Instagram famous Chureito Pagoda, famed for its views of Mount Fuji
  • Scale the second-tallest structure in the world, the Tokyo Sky Tree
  • Explore the cafes and old saké breweries of Takayama’s Old Town, a wonderful slice of Old Japan
  • Explore Himeji Castle, the largest surviving Japanese castle
  • Witness the incredible Great Buddha at Kotoku-in Temple located in Kamakura
  • Enjoy free time at leisure in Tokyo
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Within 72 hours of completing your booking request online you will receive an email from our Travel Partner which will include a link to complete their mandatory booking form.
  • Our Travel Partners booking form must be completed within 1 week as per passport details to secure your requested travel date
  • If your requested date of departure is not available, the tour supplier will contact you directly.
  • Completion of this booking form will allow the tour supplier to secure air tickets and tour components.
  • Voucher valid for 1 person(must purchase 2 vouchers)

Payment Information:

  • Sydney & Melbourne:
    • 14 day tour with Chinese Carrier – $1,029 deposit per person 
    • 14 day tour with Premium Carrier – $1,329 deposit per person 
  • Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth:
    • 14 day tour with Chinese Carrier – $1,080 deposit per person 
    • 14 day tour with Premium Carrier – $1,380 deposit per person 
  • In addition to the deposit, peak season and interstate surcharges (if applicable) are all due at the time of booking and will be reflected at checkout.
  • If you are a solo traveller, single supplements will be collected by our Travel Partner after the booking has been made
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel and will be collected by our Travel Partner. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • All payments received are strictly non-refundable and non-transferrable
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of booking. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 2 weeks of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: 

$1,300 per person in addition to the twin share price. Payable direct at the time of booking to Travel Partner.

Group Size: 30 – 40 

Triple Share: Not available

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. Double-bedded rooms may be requested but are never guaranteed. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Hotel locations can be within or outside itinerary cities.

Kansai:Airport: Hotel Nikko Kansai or similar
Amagasaki: Vischio Amagasaki by Granvia or similar
Hiroshima: Hotel New Hiroden or similar
Kanazawa: Hotel Vista Kanazawa or similar
Matsumoto: Hotel Buena Vista or similar
Tokyo: Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Please note all accommodation is based on the local ratings and that hotel rooms in Japan are smaller in sizes compare to other countries.

Optional Tours:

  • Tokyo Disneyland Day Ticket – $130 per person
  • Tokyo DisneySea Day Ticket – $130 per person
  • World Heritage Nikko Day Tour – $250 per person.Please note, this tours are subject to minimum numbers, must be 10 passengers and over. 

Travellers will be required to make their own way to the optional program venue, as transportation is not included.

All optional tours are subject to availability and minimum numbers and must be pre-booked no later than 2 months before departure and payable directly to our Travel Partner in Australian dollars upon booking confirmation. 

Coach transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Child Price: Same price as an adult – Minimum age 2 years. Infant price is $350 per person, payable direct to our Travel Partners. 

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

23 March**^
30 March**^
6 April**^
11 May
25 May
8 June
14 September
28 September
12 October 
26 October*# 
9 November*#
23 November*#

*Peak Autumn leaves season surcharge of $300 per person applies. 

**Cherry Blossom peak season surcharge of $500 per person applies. 

^Please note: Cherry Blossom is highly seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view the blooms, but we can’t guarantee they will flower on these dates. Please refer to historical bloom dates here: http://www.jnto.go.jp/sakura/eng/index.php

#The end of October through to early November is the best time to see Crimson Leaves in Autumn. Koyo/Maple season is seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view change in colours, but we can’t guarantee autumn foliage.

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the ‘BOOK NOW’ button. 

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure. 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information: 

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese carrier, China Southern, China Eastern, Air China, China Airlines or other Asian carriers 
  • Return economy flights departing Sydney or Melbourne with Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and their codeshare if Premium Airline option is selected (please make your selection via yellow tab)
  • Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth – A $300 per person interstate surcharge applies
  • Customers may be flown to Sydney or Melbourne to join their international flights
  • Including maximum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline)
  • One return flight is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times

Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in-flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day later, involve up to 2 transits, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking
  • Return flight home may also depart and arrive the same day (day 13 of the itinerary) 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing
  • Please note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 1-2 weeks before departure

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however, should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Arriving early/Extending your trip:

  • From $250 per person (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. We will then provide quotations for any alternations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. Please note, if you have selected a breakaway, airport transfers and any hotel accommodation (if applicable) will not be provided.

Pre and post tour hotel accommodation:

  • If you wish to extend your trip and add additional nights of accommodation, from $350 per room per night surcharge applies for twin share (subject to availability). The rate includes breakfast but does not include airport transfers. Payable direct to our Travel Partner. 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with a full service airline
  • Transfers within Japan, airport transfers by limousine bus
  • 11 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation 
  • 11 delicious breakfasts, plus 2 dinners
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • English-speaking local experts for key sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Upgrade to premium airline option is available 
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail

 

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